Statement by the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mr. Adam Abdelmoula, on the abduction and killing of NGO health personnel, 28 May 2020 [EN/SO]


Mogadishu, 28 May 2020 – I am shocked to hear seven Somali health personnel and a civilian were abducted from an NGO-run health clinic located in Gololey village, Balcad District, Middle Shabelle region on 27 May. All eight were subsequently killed. Preliminary information indicates that they suffered brutal deaths.

I extend my deepest condolences to the families of the victims.

Attacks against medical facilities and personnel are unacceptable and a breach of international humanitarian law and any common decency. It is unbelievable that this attack comes at a time when Somalia is grappling to contain a triple threat of a pandemic, flooding and the resurgence of desert locusts.

I strongly condemn this outrage and await a thorough and transparent investigation.

For further information, please contact:

UN OCHA Somalia Erich Opolot Ogoso, Head of Communications,, +254 720 766 587 / 252 616 548 007

Mursal Ali Ahmed, Public Information Officer,, Tel: +252619150457


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